FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Favourable prospects for 2017 wheat crop production
Paddy production in 2016 decreased slightly
Rice exports in 2017 forecast to remain close to last year’s level
Prices of wheat and wheat flour strengthened in recent months
Localized food insecurity persists
Favourable production prospects for 2017 wheat crop
On February 24, the Government of Japan decided to extend Emergency Grant Aid of 7 million US dollars through the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in order to support Afghan refugees and their host communities in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan through assistance such as the provision of food and educational and vocational training.
Thursday, 23 February 2017 14:36 GMT
Second attack in Lahore in two weeks: a suicide bombing on Feb. 13 killed 13 people and wounded more than 80 at a protest
(Updates death toll, adds government spokesman quotes)
By Mubashir Bukhari
LAHORE, Pakistan, Feb 23 (Reuters) - A bomb blast in an upscale shopping centre in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore killed at least 10 people on Thursday, a provincial government spokesman said, the latest attack in a surge of violence that has shaken the country.
A bomb attack in Lahore that killed eight people is the latest in a wave of violence that shows a horrific disregard for human life, Amnesty International said today.
Over the past fortnight, a series of bomb attacks claimed by a slew of armed groups has claimed the lives of more than 120 people and injured several more, raising concerns about the protection of human life.
Muhammad Akbar Notezai
QUETTA: The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR’s Country Representative Indrika Ratwatte and Minister for States and Frontier Regions (Safron) retired Lt Gen Abdul Qadir Baloch inaugurated a skill development programme on Wednesday.
Aid agencies in Pakistan’s restive northwestern region are struggling to provide services to help curb militancy and deliver aid because they lack government permission to operate, according to humanitarian organizations.
The aid groups say the government is creating obstacles for them to obtain a "No Objection Certificate" (NOC) in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which has been hard-hit by militancy and terrorism. The certificate is a requirement for an organization to work in the area.
Avalanche kills seven near Lowari Tunnel
NDMA prepares framework for vulnerable, low-income communities
Wind, rain, heat: Health risks grow with extreme weather
Babies starving as food runs low in Pakistan's drought-hit Tharparkar district
CM approves shifting of eight ATCs from Clifton to Central jail
Sindh govt fails to provide adequate security in Sehwan, says MQM, PMLF
Punjab sends summary to federal government for Rangers’ deployment
Two incidents of avalanche and landslides happened during the night between 17 and 18 February in district Chitral, killing eight people and injuring others.
In Rech valley, an avalanche killed one person and injured three others. In a landslide in Lowari tunnel, 14 people of a SAMBU company got trapped. The army, Chitral Scouts and others rescued seven, while seven others lost their lives.
SYED ALI SHAH
The Balochistan Solidarity Jirga on Saturday demanded of the government to ensure inclusion of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the upcoming census.
The jirga, held at Sarawan House and attended by prominent political, religious and tribal personalities, also urged the government to keep foreigners in the province out of the census.
We condemn the terrorist attack on worshippers at a Sufi shrine in Sehwan, in Sindh, Pakistan, today. The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as Da’esh, has claimed responsibility for the attack.
This attack, claimed by ISIL/Da’esh, follows a suicide bombing at a rally in Lahore on Monday, and a suicide bombing on a Government compound in the Mohmand tribal area and an attack on a Government van carrying judges in Peshawar on Wednesday.
Polio this week as of 15 February 2017
Thursday, 16 February 2017 19:21 GMT
A suicide bomber entered the shrine as crowds massed, Sindh police spokesman says
Second major attack on Sufi shrines in recent months
Islamic State a growing threat in Pakistan
Bombing was latest in wave of attacks this week
By Syed Raza Hassan
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN, 15 FEBRUARY 2017 – Representatives of the Islamic Republics of Pakistan and Afghanistan and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) underlined the importance of moving expeditiously from policy to implementation to support the needs of Afghan refugees.
Afghanistan has recently formed a high-level Displacement and Return Executive Committee (DiREC) to prioritise assistance needs and reintegration prospects of internally displaced people and returnees under the Afghanistan’s National Peace and Development Framework.
Islamabad, February 15, 2017 - Chairing a high level review meeting on polio emergency here today Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar directed to ensure strict accountability and maintain stringent monitoring to meet remaining challenges in polio eradication.
“We must build on success achieved hencefar by maintaining stringent monitoring and making everyone associated with the program accountable”, said the Minister.
PHPF Reserve Allocation to Support
Return Intention Survey & Information campaigns
Pakistan has backed off threats to deport more than two million Afghans starting next month, but the refugees are still under intense pressure to leave and the UN is accused of complicity in alleged plans to coerce them back across the border into a war zone.
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Climate change, environmental health risks becoming greater causes of death
6.3 earthquake jolts parts of Balochistan
NDMA holds national workshop on disaster risk insurance framework for Pakistan
14 killed, over 100 wounded in Lahore blast
3 FC personnel martyred in explosion in South Waziristan
NACTA warned about blast in Lahore
FIA to issue red warrant for Altaf through Interpol
37-nation naval exercises begin in Pakistan
As climate change brings more weather extremes and unpredictable weather, Pakistan's schools are adapting
By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio
ISLAMABAD, Feb 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After a two-week winter break, school in Islamabad started as usual at the beginning of January – but Shumaila Nelofar's two children did not go.
Monday, 13 February 2017 16:43 GMT
Security in Pakistan has vastly improved in recent years but Islamist groups such as the Pakistani Taliban and the Islamic State still pose a threat
By Mubasher Bukhari
LAHORE, Pakistan, Feb 13 (Reuters) - An explosion near the Punjab provincial assembly in the Pakistani city of Lahore killed at least 13 people and wounded 83 others on Monday, a senior police official said.
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Islamabad, Feb 09, 2017: International donors highly appreciated the gains made by Pakistan to eradicate the deadly poliovirus and pledged to continue their support for “making polio a history.”